Syracuse junior C.J. Fair has not yet decided whether or not to enter the NBA Draft.
“He has not announced,” Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim told SNY.tv Tuesday.
Asked if he thought the 6-foot-8 Fair would announce today, Boeheim said, “No, I don’t think so, I don’t think so. We’re going to have to wait and see what happens there.”
Fair was due to have a press conference today, but Boeheim said Fair would postpone it.
“I believe he is,” Boeheim said. To read more of this story, click here
In its first year in the ACC, Syracuse will host perennial ACC powers Duke and North Carolina, and that has Jim Boeheim very excited.
“It’s great for our fans,” Boeheim, who led his team to the Final Four where they lost to Michigan, told SNY.tv Tuesday. “I think making this move to the ACC, the teams that they identify with — obviously, they’re all good teams — but the teams they identify with in the ACC are Duke and North Carolina. And we’ll get both those teams at home. It’s a huge thing for our fan base, to get those two teams.
“Obviously, it’s difficult but it’s a huge thing for the fan base.”
Syracuse will have home-and-home series with Miami and Duke, meaning they will also travel to Cameron Indoor, giving Boeheim a chance to match wits with close friend and Team USA colleague Mike Krzyzewski and Michael Gbinije a chance to return to his former school in his first year of eligibility at Syracuse. To read more of this story, click here
By JOSH NEWMAN
Special to ZAGSBLOG
NEW YORK — When St. Benedict’s senior point guard and Syracuse recruit Tyler Ennis was left off the roster for the McDonald’s All-American Game, he took his frustrations out by dropping a school-record 53 points on Eastern (N.J.) High School the next day in a 116-65 victory.
Ennis didn’t go that far on Saturday at the Jordan Brand Classic, but he certainly proved his worth on the national stage, scoring 14 points on 6-for-13 shooting to go along with six assists, five rebounds, four steals and just one turnover but his East squad lost to the West, 102-98, in the Jordan Brand Classic at Barclays Center.
“Ever since that game went on or that game was picked, I wanted to come out and prove that I’m one of the top players and that I should’ve been picked for that game,” the 6-foot-2 Toronto, Ontario native said. “It’s kind of like a wake-up call that I have to go out and play and prove to everybody what I can really do.”
“I thought Tyler played really big, I thought he was the MVP,” said fellow countryman and CIA Bounce teammate Andrew Wiggins, the projected No. 1 pick in the 2014 NBA Draft.
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NEW YORK -- In this interview from the Jordan Brand Classic, Syracuse-bound point guard Tyler Ennis of St. Benedict’s Prep talks about St. Ben’s run to the ESPN NHSI final, the Orange’s future, fellow Canadian Andrew Wiggins and Saturday’s Jordan Brand Classic.
**For the SNY.tv documentary on Ennis and his voyage from Canada to Newark, click here.
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The best kept secret in Syracuse basketball became official Wednesday when sophomore guard Michael Carter-Williams announced he would put his name into the 2013 NBA Draft.
“Michael has informed me of his intention to enter the NBA Draft,” said Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim. “He’s coming off a tremendous season and we appreciate all he’s done for Syracuse basketball. We wish Michael the best of luck as he pursues a pro career.”
Carter-Williams started all 40 games for the Orange this season and finished fifth in assist average (7.3) and fourth in steals average (2.78) among Division I performers. He also averaged 11.9 points per game and a squad-best 35.2 minutes a game. To read more of this story, click here
ATLANTA — Jim Boeheim is already on record — several times — as saying that he will definitely coach in 2013-14 and probably beyond.
Why, just the other day he said on “PTI” that even if Syracuse were to cut down the nets on Monday night, he wouldn’t “ride into the sunset” with his second championship ring.
Yet in the wake of Syracuse’s 61-56 loss to Michigan in the national semifinals, CBSSports.com reporter Gregg Doyel thought it appropriate to ask Boeheim — on the podum, in a room full of reporters — if was coming back next season.
That’s basically the equivalent of asking a kid, say Michael Carter-Williams, after a season-ending loss if he’s headed to the NBA. (Hint: in Carter-Williams’ case, he more than likely is.) To read more of this story, click here
If all goes well for Tyler Ennis this weekend, his high school team and his future college team could both win national championships.
The 6-foot-2 Syracuse-bound Ennis will lead St. Benedict’s Prep into the ESPN National High School Invitational at Georgetown Prep in North Bethesda, Md. The No. 4 seed Gray Bees will face No. 5 La Lumiere on Thursday at 2 p.m. on ESPNU.
The semifinals are Friday and the championship game is Saturday, the same day Syracuse meets Michigan in a national semifinal in Atlanta.
“Hopefully, we beat Michigan and if we play Louisville again, we can get some revenge for the Big East Tournament,” Ennis said of Syracuse’s loss to the Cardinals in the Big East final. To read more of this story, click here
Jim Boeheim says he won’t retire even if the Orange cut down the nets next Monday night at the Georgia Dome.
“I fully intend to coach next year going into the ACC…and win or lose this tournament will have no affect on that decision at all,” Boeheim said on ESPN’s “PTI.”
Syracuse faces Michigan Saturday in the second national semifinal in Atlanta, following the Louisville-Wichita State game.
Boeheim and Louisville coach Rick Pitino could potentially meet in an all-Big East championship game. To read more of this story, click here
NEW YORK — The deeper Syracuse goes in the NCAA Tournament, the more Carmelo Anthony cleans up.
Following the Knicks’ 108-89 win over the Boston Celtics Sunday night, Anthony told reporters that he’s making teammate Steve Novak, who played at Marquette, pay during the team’s flight to Miami for Tuesday’s game at the Heat.
“On the plane tomorrow, he gotta wear orange on the plane,” Anthony said. (He then posted this Instagram photo of an obviously displeaesd Novak in a Syracuse jacket.)
With Saturday’s win over Marquette in Washington, D.C, Syracuse is back in the Final Four for the first time since 2003, when Anthony led Jim Boeheim’s program to its only NCAA championship.
Anthony’s alma mater has already knocked out the schools of teammate Jason Kidd (Cal) and coach Mike Woodson (Indiana). Woodson was forced to carry around an orange during a shootaround last week to pay off his bet. To read more of this story, click here
By JOSH NEWMAN
Special to ZAGSBLOG
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Syracuse sophomore Michael Carter-Williams has morphed into one of the top point guards in college basketball this season and the legends of the program have taken notice.
“He’s grown up so much,” 1990 Big East Player of the Year and 14-year NBA veteran Derrick Coleman told SNY.tv moments after Carter-Williams was named Most Outstanding Player of the East Regional by leading Syracuse to the Final Four thanks to a 55-39 win over Marquette at the Verizon Center. “He’s taken all the criticism and still maintained his confidence and just kept playing basketball. That’s what it’s all about. Once you’re out there on that court, you just have to play and that’s exactly what he’s done all season.”
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